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Moroccan Travel Journal For Cox & Kings

If you cast you mind back to last Thursday, all those days ago, before the weekend and everything, you might remember that I’m taking part in a competition being sponsored by Cox & Kings. Myself and four other artist / bloggers have been asked to make something inspired by the Cox & Kings Morocco Tours. We all got to choose a photograph to take as our inspiration and here is the one I chose…

Moroccan tile inspiration photo from Cox and Kings

[Photograph from Cox & Kings]

I wasn’t really sure what to make, but then it hit me, what do artists need when they travel? A travel journal of course!

Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I was very glad I had a photo with Moroccan tiles, so I thought I would try to reproduce them in my make.

View of the binding of the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I used a French Link stitch to bind the journal, which was fun as I hadn’t used that particular binding before.

The signatures are made up of a range of different papers so there is lots of choice for sketching, painting, journalling in this travel journal. You can pop photos in it too and there is a folder in the back to store all your travel ephemera.

[There are some affiliate links in this blog post, so if you buy through them I do get a small amount of money at no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for your support!]

View of the pages of the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I even found some paper in my stash that had a map of Morocco too!

inside the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

If you don’t want to know how I put the cover together then skip down to the bottom now to check out the websites of my fellow participants.

The cover is a mixed media piece. I thought I would do a little experiment, I’ve been meaning to try designing some stencils and masks with software to then cut with the Silhouette Cameo, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to give it a go.

I started in Photoshop Elements with my inspiration photograph and selected the elements that I wanted in the tile portion of the photograph.

Setting up the Moroccan tile design in Photoshop by Kim Dellow

I also changed some of the elements to get a full tile and to add a bit more symmetry in the places where the picture wasn’t complete. Once I had my new tile I opened the file in Inkscape.

Turning the Moroccan tile design into a cutting file in Silhouette Studio by Kim Dellow

As you can imagine, working from a photograph in Photoshop meant that the elements of the tile were quite pixelated and I used Inskape to clean up the edges of the shapes so that I could then use the file to create a cutting file in Silhouette Studio.

The finished cutting file by Kim Dellow

I then used the cutting file to cut a mask from oil-coated card which I then used to paint the tile onto the cover with acrylic paint.

Using the DIY Moroccan tile inspired stencil by Kim Dellow

I had already prepared the cover with a collage of paper printed with my Thursday blog post translated into Arabic with Google Translate, fixed and then painted with Gesso.

Once I finished the stenciling I used the mask again to put a layer of clear texture paste over the pattern to give it the look of tiles and a bit of dimension, then lightly distressed the edges of the covers to bring the whole book together.

Close up of the finished travel art journal cover by Kim Dellow

It was a great learning process and a big thank you to Cox & Kings for the inspiration and motivation to try out my little experiment!

Going by their blogs I know that the other guys, Vandy Massey, Jenny Keal, Concetta Perôt and Alan Reed, will have some amazing and different pieces to show you and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has done. So pop on over to their websites to take a peek.

Thanks for popping by.


27 thoughts on “Moroccan Travel Journal For Cox & Kings”

  1. Wow, such a gorgeous and inspired piece, Kim!

    The cover looks like a real tile, so shining and vibrant in colours. And thanks for sharing the process!

  2. Kim…I remember when we were on the DT at SSS together; way back in the beginning. You were always so talented! 🙂 This Moroccan Travel journal cover is amazing! You have really captured that mosaic tile feeling seen so much in that country. Such a gorgeous journal. I love the binding and the inside pages as well. You always have such unique and interesting projects. Thanks so much for the nice comment you left on my blog as well. 🙂 <3 Candy

  3. Wow… Kim, I read your post from first to last line. Love the tile you created, and your technique on Photoshop, absolutely outstanding. Love the happy colors and the idea of the travel journal. Wonderful project. thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving such kind words. Hugs & cheers from Montreal.

  4. Oh my goodness Kim, how talented are you! The journal cover is stunning and really does sum up the feel of Morocco so well. The inside pages are wonderful too. A very inspiring piece! Anne x

  5. I so wish that I had found this blog earlier. Thank you for the lovely comment.
    I love your stamps and am on a real learning curve with the ones that I won because I am attempting to make my own ink pad for the first time too.
    I used to do mosaics and when I saw this I thought that was what it was before looking further down the page – blooming awesome art! Gorgeous journal x

  6. Oh wow Kim this is so creative. Love how you used the tiles in the photo as your inspiration. The whole creation will make one wanting to visit the country and start journaling in it. Good luck with the competition.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  7. Oh wow, this is amazing! I first thought it was a real tile when I saw the first picture of your journal. Great work! Now I'm off to find out about Silhouette Studio …;-)

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